The Idaho State Board of Education oversees a total of eight state-funded, public colleges and universities. The goal of the SBOE’s recently approved Complete College Idaho plan is to have 60 percent of Idaho residents age 25-34 graduate with a degree or certificate by 2020, nearly double the state’s current average. Making education, especially higher education, more accessible with distance learning and online degree programs is helping Idaho toward this goal. Along with Idaho’s public colleges and universities, the state’s private colleges and universities offer distance learning and online courses and degrees. The SBOE created Independent Study in Idaho (ISI) provides online college courses from four regionally accredited public institutions for credits that transfer to most colleges and universities.
The University of Idaho offers several online master’s degrees in the areas of education, engineering, earth and environmental studies, and science. For adults and non-traditional students, the private, not-for-profit Brigham Young University – Idaho offers several online certificates and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The Idaho Electronic Campus website provides a searchable database for and links to hundreds of online courses offered by seven of the state’s eight publicly funded two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The for-profit University of Phoenix offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has a campus near Boise and a student resource center near Idaho Falls.
Online degrees can help prepare Idaho residents for careers in the state’s major industries. Those industries include manufacturing, health care, tourism, and agriculture, according to the Idaho state website. Online degrees in manufacturing management, manufacturing engineering, general business management, and project management are ideal to prepare yourself for leadership roles in Idaho’s thriving manufacturing industry. If you are more interested in Idaho’s health care industry, you may wish to pursue online degrees in nursing, health care management, health informatics, or even online associate degrees in medical office management or heath information management. St. Luke’s Health Systems remains one of the biggest employers of health care professionals in Idaho. The following colleges and universities offer online degrees in Idaho: